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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab’s community newsletter. Once a month, we’ll give you the rundown about what’s happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the unsubscribe button below. Thank you!
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Fermilab Cultural Events series kicks off
2014-2015 season


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Hot Club of Cowtown
If you’re a fan of the Fermilab Cultural Events series, you know that every year, it combines a diverse program of dance, music and comedy with fascinating talks on a wide variety of scientific topics. And if you’re not a fan yet, now is a great time to get on board, as the lineup for the 2014-2015 season has just been announced.

The upcoming year’s Arts Series truly has something for everyone. In addition to magician Mike Super (see below), the Ramsey Auditorium stage will welcome musical performances from African Guitar Summit, Irish sensations Caladh Nua, a surprising collaboration between singer-songwriter Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet, the Official Blues Brothers Revue, and popular jazzy trio Hot Club of Cowtown. Additionally, audiences will thrill to the dancing skills of Taylor 2 Dance, laugh along with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and gasp with disbelief at the acrobatics of Cirque Zuma Zuma.

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Temple Grandin
While the Arts Series will make your heart sing, the Lecture Series will get your brain whirring. Topics this year include nanotechnology (see below), the history of engineering, the nature of dark matter, new understandings of cancer and the link between money and happiness. The Lecture Series will also welcome Temple Grandin, presenting a talk called "Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society," and our third annual Physics Slam. (Those last two events are guaranteed to sell out quickly!)

In addition to all that, a new season of our Gallery Chamber Series of small-group concerts will begin in January.

Full details of the 2014-2015 Fermilab Cultural Events series are available online.
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Photo column spacer Nanotechnology: Learning to Think Big in a Field Focused on the Small – Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.
Nanotechnology is the science of the small. Very small, in fact – the structures involved are 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. And yet these tiny materials can lead to big advances, from faster cell phones to more efficient power generation to better medicines. Leading this talk on nanotechnology is Chad Mirkin, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University. Mirkin is one of only 15 scientists – and the only chemist – to be elected into all three branches of the U.S. National Academies, and he serves as a science advisor to President Barack Obama. Tickets for this lecture are available online.
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Photo column spacer Artist Reception: Negentropy, with Renee Robbins and Bruce Riley – Friday, Sept. 26, 5-7 p.m.
The term "negentropy" refers to reverse entropy – basically, things becoming more ordered over time. It certainly applies to the colorful, well-considered work of artists Renee Robbins and Bruce Riley, whose works will be on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery from Sept. 17 to Nov. 26. On Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m., you can come meet the artists and see their work during a reception in the gallery. The Fermilab Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available online.
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Photo column spacer Magician Mike Super – Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
If you're a fan of NBC's Phenomenon or America's Got Talent, you've likely seen Mike Super. An illusionist to his core, Super has astounded millions with his legerdemain and has performed for such luminaries as Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Regis Philbin and Craig Ferguson. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the man voted America's Favorite Mystifier on Phenomenon will hit the Fermilab stage, bringing with him dozens of illusions that will leave you wide-eyed with disbelief. Tickets for Super's performance are available online now.
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Photo column spacer NOTE: Wilson Hall to close Sept. 20-21 for maintenance
Wilson Hall will be closed for maintenance on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21. The Fermilab site will still be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Photo column spacer Muon g-2 ring takes final steps of its 3,200-mile journey
ABC7: Massive magnet moves into new home at Fermilab
WTTW: Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas
Livescience: Giant electromagnet moves to permanent home at Fermilab
Beacon-News: Fermilab’s giant magnet now has a home
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Photo column spacer Fermilab physicist’s new method of cleaning up oil spills
Popular Science: To clean up oil spills, magnetize the oil first
Scientific American: Spill some oil? Magnetize it for cleanup
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Photo column spacer Fermilab’s deputy director featured in Huffington Post video
Huffington Post: The smallest thing in the universe is so tiny it seems to have no size at all.
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 3, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Louise LeBourgeois Approaching Light Art Gallery Talk FREE
Wed., Sept. 3, noon

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Sept. 4, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Sept. 6, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Ask-a-Scientist: Global Partnerships in Particle Physics – How They Work and Why They are Required FREE
Presented by Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer
Sun., Sept. 7, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 9, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Sept. 11, 7:30-10 p.m.

Lecture Series: Nanotechnology
Fri., Sept. 12, 8 p.m.

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Sept. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 16, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Sept. 18, 7:30-10 p.m.

Wilson Hall closed due to maintenance
Saturday-Sunday
Sept. 20-21

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-noon

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 23, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Sept. 25, 7:30-10 p.m.

Artist Reception: Negentropy FREE
Fri., Sept. 26, 5-7 p.m.

Science Adventures: Junior Prairie Rangers Stewardship Class
Sat., Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grades 4-6

Science Adventures: Lego Engineering
Sat., Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 6-8

Arts Series: Magician Mike Super
Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 30, 7:30-10 p.m.

COMING IN OCTOBER

Ask-a-Scientist: Accelerators 101 FREE
Sun., Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: Taylor 2 Dance
Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m.

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